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2021 Kia K5 vs. 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

New 2021 Kia K5

2021 Kia
K5

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New 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2020 Volkswagen
Jetta GLI

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MSRP*
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$23,490 to $30,490
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$26,245 to $29,945
Invoice* $22,902 to $29,117 $25,196 to $28,747
MPG - City 26 - 29 25
MPG - Hwy 34 - 38 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested ****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Jetta GLI than the Kia K5, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Kia K5 will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Convenience
The Kia K5 will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Kia K5 or the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Kia K5 will cost more in transportation costs than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Dimensions
Since the Kia K5 is much wider than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Kia K5, which is slightly longer than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Drivetrain
The Kia K5 has much less torque than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia K5 is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia K5 and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The Kia K5 has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia K5 than that of the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.